Exotic Woods for Wood Barrettes, Hair Clips, Hair Pins, Hair Combs, Shawl Pins

Bloodwood- (Brosimum Rubescens- Central & South America) Also known as Satine and Cardinal Wood for its strawberry red to crimson red coloring.

Bocote- (Cordia elaeagnoides - Mexico & Central America) Pretty yellow and black coloring - often highly figured with "eyes."

Bolivian Rosewood (Machaerium scleroxylon) - South America Also called Morada and Mordillo. Lovely deep rich color and active grain patterns.

Bubinga- (Guibourtia tessmannii - Africa) also called "African Rosewood" though not a true rosewood, Bubinga has a lovely Pinkish-rose color, veined with darker stripes and sometimes with mottled or "bee's wing" figure.

Cocobolo Rosewood- (Central & South America) Variegated purple to red mixed with brown and black markings.

Ebony - Gaboon (Africa) Jet black to deep brown with black striping. Once a common accent wood in furniture, now used sparingly - one of the rarest and most expensive exotic woods on the market!

Macassar Ebony - (Celebes and Sulawesi Island in East Indonesia) A Gorgeous Wood and a personal favorite! Stunning array of varied hues of dark brown stripes on a rich black background. Very expensive!

East Indian Rosewood- (India) One of the darkest of the true rosewoods. Very distinctive sort of cinnamon-spicy odor.

Honduras Rosewood - (Dalbergia, stevensonii) A "true" Rosewood, rich purplish burgundy color and then lightens to brownish color tones over time.

Jatoba (Brazil) - also known as Brazilian Cherry, jatoba is a reddish orange with occasional streaks of brown and yellow.

Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis) - A member of the rosewood family, this gorgeous wood has amazing depth to it! It has rich violet brown coloring shading to almost black with streaks of black, violet black, and brown appearing throughout this beautiful wood.

Lacewood- (Australia) Light pink to silvery orange sheen with very attractive pattern in grain.

Olivewood - (Olea europaea, Spain ) Light to dark brown with irregular streaks of grey, brown and black giving it a marble-like appearance. Pleasant "olivey" smell when working it. As a bizarre aside, the family cat just loves this stuff (he'll lick it profusely) and we have a hard time keeping him away from any chunks of it that might find their way into the house. Don't worry - any cat tongue marks get sanded out long before the finish product! ;)

Padauk-(West Africa) Bright orange and red color, ages to rich red-brown.

Purpleheart- (South America) Striking shade of purple when cut, darkens to brownish purple with age.

Pink Ivory- (Rhamnus zeyheri - South Africa) No, not the tusk from a pink elephant, but a beautiful wood from Mozambique. Pink Ivory, with its pale to hot pink coloring and lovely grain figure, is extremely rare and very difficult to find. Called "the royal wood of the Zulus" because of its importance in local customs. Expensive!

Satinwood- (Ceylon / Sri-Lanka) Brilliant yellow often with a shimmery appearance on surface

Snakewood- (Piratinera guianensis - Guyana/Surinam) Also called Letterwood & Serpentwood , its appearance resembles snakeskin - red/brown with black speckles and striping sometimes with leopard spots, or other interesting peculiar markings. Very rare and Expensive!

Teak - (SE Asia) Warm Brown tones. Used frequently in boat building as the oil content in the wood makes it highly resistant to rot and insect attacks.

Tigerwood also called Goncalo Alves (Astronium graveolens, ) Beautiful, highly prized wood - light reddish brown to deep mahogany red-brown with a striking figure created by beautiful, bold, brown to nearly black irregular markings or striping.

Tulipwood- (Brazil) Pinky to yellowish with stripes of rose and salmon. Pleasant odor when freshly cut - it smells a bit like flowers :)

Wenge- (Africa) Dark brown to Black with gray veins.

Zirocote - (Cordia dodecandra - Africa) Ziricote is quite striking in appearance often with “spider-web” or landscape figuring in shades of greys and olive greens with black.

Zebrawood- (Africa) Light tan to golden yellow with streaks of dark brown.

Amboyna Burl - (Pterocarpus indicus - Laos) Made famous by Art Deco masters and so highly prized, it's often sold by the once, Amboyna burl is one of the rarest, most expensive and difficult to obtain burl woods in the world! An absolutely stunning burl!

Afzelia Burl - (Afzelia africana-East Africa) Lustrous yellow red coloring. A beautiful burl!

Camphor Burl (Cinnamomum spp. - Ceylon, China, Japan ) A killer Burl with Beautiful rose, pink and red coloring! Interesting intense medicinal or licorice smell when working. Really, really neat stuff

Chechen Burl - (Metopium brownie - Mexico) A very wild burl with many small eyes. Color ranges from brown to a light rose.

Coolabah Burl - (Eucalyptus coolabah -Australia)

Eucalyptus Burl - (Australia) A light cream colored beautifully figured burl

Mallee Burl - (Australia) A brilliant red burl from Australia. Beautiful, rare and quite expensive. A personal favorite! Also comes in golden colored variety

Paela Burl - (Caesalpinia platyloba - Mexico) When first machined, Paela is a light orange or yellow color. With exposure to sunlight, the color darkens to a rich red-orange. The burls tend to have a lot of inclusions.

Ramone Burl - (Brosimum Alicastrum - Northern South America) Generally tightly figured light colored burl. Both sapwood and heartwood a uniform yellowish white while wood around knots and other defects may be a distinct red.

Thuya Burl - (Tetraclinis Articulata - Algeria / Morocco.) Color is golden brown to red, highly figured with small eye clusters of tight burls.